We have yet another story of a baby who has been saved because his mother found out that chemical abortions could be reversed. There are now approximately 1,000 healthy babies across our nation who are a testament that chemical abortion reversal works! All it takes is for the mother to take progesterone – a drug safely prescribed for decades to prevent miscarriages – after the first abortion pill.

April

April started by visiting a pro-life pregnancy help center in Missouri, since she planned to keep her baby. At the center, she was confident of choosing life for her preborn child but mentioned that it might be difficult to convince her boyfriend. Sure enough, her boyfriend pressured her to have an abortion, even threatening legal action to take the child away from her if she carried full term.

April finally gave in to the immense pressure and went to Illinois to have an abortion, despite her deep feelings that it was not the right thing to do. She visited the abortion clinic, took the first of the chemical abortion pills there, and received the rest of the pills that would complete the abortion. She immediately regretted it. After doing some online searching, she found the abortion pill reversal hotline run by Heartbeat International (877-558-0333).

She was referred back to the pregnancy help center she had first visited, where they tried to give her progesterone to reverse the effects of the first pill, but found out she was allergic to peanut oil, one of the ingredients used in the progesterone treatment. In response, the clinic doctor made phone calls, drove to a more distant pharmacy, and procured the medication, despite all the prohibitive COVID-19 restrictions and risks.

April took the progesterone and now, two months later, is doing great and is carrying a healthy baby boy that is due in the fall. We praise God for his mercy and grace in this difficult situation!

This is just one of thousands of stories across America, including right here in North Dakota, showing how children were given life, not death. Please pray that expectant mothers will hear this news and make the right decision. If you are an expectant mother, you can go to the national abortion pill reversal website (https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/) or call 877-558-0333 to get immediate help on potentially reversing your chemical abortion!

Approximately 1,000 babies have been saved through chemical abortion reversal in the U.S.

For life,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

Today I want to share with you two new stories of children who were saved because their mothers found out that chemical abortions could be reversed. There are hundreds of healthy babies across our nation who are a testament that chemical abortion reversal works. All it takes is for the mother to take progesterone – a drug safely prescribed for decades to prevent miscarriages – after the first abortion pill.

Lisbeth

Twenty years old and a college senior, Lisbeth discovered she was pregnant. She quickly became overwhelmed with regret after taking the first abortion pill without the knowledge of her parents or husband. With the help of a clinic that performed abortion reversals, she got progesterone treatments and was able to hear her baby’s heartbeat for the first time. “With the help of the pregnancy center, my decision to keep my child has been the best and I am truly happy for it. There is a new light in my home that brings a smile to everyone in my family and I would not change it for the world.”

Rhonda and Gary

Both 18 years old, Rhonda and Gary attended college together. When Rhonda became pregnant, she decided to have an abortion, although Gary and her mother were opposed to it. After taking the first pill, Rhonda began to have second thoughts about the abortion and decided to receive progesterone treatments to reverse the effects. When Rhonda, her mother, and Gary saw her preborn child in her uterus with a beating heart, they all cried tears of joy that the baby was still alive.

These are just two of hundreds of stories across America, including right here in North Dakota, showing how children were given life, not death. Please pray that expectant mothers will hear this news and make the right decision. If you are an expectant mother, you can go to the national abortion pill reversal website (https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/) or call 877-558-0333 to get immediate help on potentially reversing your chemical abortion!

Over 900 babies have been saved through chemical abortion reversal in the U.S.

For life,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Hundreds of healthy babies across the nation have been saved even though their mothers started the process of a chemical abortion by taking the first pill. Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics do not want the public to know this. But we believe every mother has the right to know that she can change her mind.

Andrea and Gabriel

After becoming pregnant at age 21, Andrea found herself in a Planned Parenthood exam room, though she was less than sure this was what she wanted. 

As Andrea sat in the presence of the abortion doctor, holding the first dose of her chemical abortion pill (mifepristone), she was overcome with emotions. Her indecision grew. The abortion doctor, becoming impatient, urged Andrea to hurry. The pill would melt if she continued to sit there and it was quite expensive. More uncertainty. The irritated doctor spoke back to Andrea her own words. This wasn’t a good time for her and her boyfriend to have a baby…

Andrea took the first of two chemical abortion pills and went home. 

After 24-hours she was supposed to take the second abortion pill, misoprostol. But instead she prayed God would help her. Help her to save her baby. 

Andrea rushed to a hospital. She’d taken the first abortion pill. Could they help her? No, they told her nothing could be done. She called her Ob-Gyn and then another. Could they help her? No, they told her it was too late. Andrea frantically turned to Google—which displayed an article a chemical abortion could potentially be reversed prior to taking the second dose. Google led her to abortionpillreversal.comand their 24-hour abortion pill reversal hotline. They could help her. It wasn’t too late. 

“I thank God and I thank my doctor, an angel sent from above to save precious little lives, and to save the lives of mothers, because without [my doctor], I don’t know where I would be today. It took me a while to face what I did, but I thank God every night for the angel he has given me. 

I named my son Gabriel after the archangel in heaven, because he is a miracle, a true angel!”

If you are an expectant mother and have taken the first chemical abortion dose you can go to the national abortion pill reversal website (https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/) or call 877-558-0333 to get immediate help on potentially reversing your chemical abortion!

Over 500 babies have already been saved through chemical abortion reversal in the U.S.

For Life,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Friends,

Your action is needed TODAY. Even if you have never contacted your elected representative before, we need you to call them. The Kansas House of Representatives failed to pass the Abortion Pill Reversal bill veto override today by ONE vote.

This law would simply ensure that women seeking a chemical abortion have access to information letting them know that it may be possible to reverse a chemical abortion once they have taken the first abortion pill but before they take the second.

Please call your Kansas House of Representatives member today and ask them to reconsider this vote tomorrow morning and to vote to override the Governor’s veto.

You can find your representative’s number in our action center – simply enter your zip code and/or address and click on the Kansas Tab to find the contact information you need.

The Senate’s first course of action today was to override the veto. Now, we need the House to vote again tomorrow to override the governor’s veto so that women have access to information that they can reverse their chemical abortion.

In the fight for life,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

The third-year nursing student and college cheerleader had found out just days before that she was unexpectedly pregnant, and now, in the abortion clinic with her boyfriend, she was facing pressure from doctors and nurses. They were telling her that she was “doing the right thing” by getting an abortion. After all, as the doctor said, “It’s not the right time” to have this baby—and her boyfriend agreed.

Andrea knew she had reservations about what she was doing. In the days leading up to her trip to the abortion clinic, her mom had been begging her to reconsider her decision. This morning, Andrea had barely been able to keep back her tears in the waiting room while waiting for the clinic nurse to call her name.

When the doctor handed her the first of two abortion pills—an increasingly common method of abortion, called chemical abortion, performed during the first trimester of pregnancy—Andrea says she “froze.” The doctor, seeing her hesitation, said abruptly, “Now hurry up and take that pill before it melts in your hand, it’s very expensive.”

Suppressing that screaming inner voice telling her not to do it, Andrea swallowed the pill, then, wishing she hadn’t, tried to throw it up. The doctor reminded her to take the second abortion pill 24 hours later.

When she left the clinic, Andrea says she ran “straight for the car where I fell to the ground crying and screaming for God to forgive me.” She knew she had to “fix” her “mistake,” so she called her mom, who took her to hospitals and doctors, hoping someone could offer a way to reverse the chemical abortion already in progress. Their search turned up empty, so Andrea, devastated, called her aunt to pray that God would save her baby despite her bad decision, and then went to bed.

When Andrea awoke the next morning, she stumbled upon an article about a doctor who had successfully reversed a chemical abortion. She immediately called a phone number, operated by Abortion Pill Rescue, a coalition of prolife OBGYNs who offer what is called “abortion pill reversal.” The compassionate voice that answered the phone put Andrea in touch with a local doctor, who told her to rush to the doctor’s office.

The doctor confirmed the baby’s heartbeat and immediately began the reversal procedure, which involves progesterone injections that can reverse the chemical abortion, stabilizing the pregnancy and allowing for a healthy baby.

Just like Andrea, many women enter abortion clinics unsure about the decision they’re making. These women immediately regret taking the first dosage of medication to end their pregnancy, yet they often don’t know where to turn or what options they have available to reverse what could be the worst decision of their lives.

Knowing this, North Dakota Rep. Daniel Johnston and other state legislators, with the help of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota®, led a successful effort earlier this year to enact a state law requiring that women who receive chemical abortions be informed that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the medicine if they change their minds.

Unfortunately, pro-abortion activists are suing the state to overturn the North Dakota informed consent provision that empowers women like Andrea with the knowledge to make an informed decision about their chemical abortion. To make matters worse, a judge recently blocked the enforcement of the law.

As the director of advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho®, I’ve seen something comparable to what is taking place in North Dakota also play out in my state.

The Idaho legislature, with the help of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and other pro-life organizations, passed a similar informed consent bill in 2018 that also faced legal challenges in the courts. Our informed consent law survived the court challenges, an outcome that should give hope to our friends in the Peace Garden State.

Informed consent for chemical abortion is supported by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which boasts a membership of over 2,500 medical professionals.

And these laws seem to be effective. Although it’s a relatively new medical practice, abortion pill reversal protocol has saved the lives of 750 babies so far, according to Heartbeat International. Sadly, too many mothers living in states without these informed consent laws don’t find out there’s a way to reverse their chemical abortion until it’s too late.

Remember Andrea, the cheerleader and nursing student? She gave birth to Gabriel, a perfectly healthy, beautiful baby boy. “I thank God and I thank my doctor, an angel sent from above to save precious little lives, and to save the lives of mothers, because without her, I don’t know where I would be today,” Andrea also wrote in an online testimony. Family Policy Alliance® talked to her in this video after Gabriel was born.

Please keep praying that the North Dakota informed consent provision survives its legal challenges in the courts. Laws like these are medically sound and legally defensible, furthering a compelling state interest to ensure women are adequately informed before undergoing medical procedures. But perhaps most importantly, these laws really do save lives—and save mothers from a lifetime of regret.

Standing with you for life,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho

Dear Friends,

The legislature is wrapping up the 2019 session. Both chambers adjourned early Sunday morning though they will come back for the official close of their session in a few weeks. This session has had it shares of disappointments and victories.

As you may know already, the House narrowly failed to override the Governor’s veto of Abortion Pill Reversal on Thursday. The Senate passed the override first thing Wednesday morning, but the House failed to finish the job. Each time the bill was voted on previously, it had passed with a veto-proof majority. But six representatives who had previously voted for the bill flipped their votes.

While this is a huge disappointment for us, we will not stop fighting for laws that protect women and their babies. We are already preparing for other opportunities to protect life in Kansas. We urge you to thank the legislators who consistently stood for life this session. You can see how your representative voted here. (While this link for SB 67 states that the bill deals with insurance, it did become the abortion pill reversal bill in the final days of the session.)

We may not have won this particular battle, but we are working to ensure that we win the war. Our culture as a whole is more pro-life than it has been in decades. States all around the country are passing good pro-life laws that fight for mothers and their children. It is even more vital now that we pass a constitutional amendment to protect life.

Another promising sign in the arena of life is that we were able to stop Medicaid Expansion. What many people don’t know is that the new Kansas Supreme Court ruling opened the door for your tax dollars to be used to fund abortions through Medicaid. We have to ensure that does not happen.

Further, as the last discussion early Sunday morning in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on life, Senator Ty Masterson made a motion to bring a resolution to the Senate floor that will change the way our Supreme Court justices are chosen. Changing our judicial selection process will help rein in our activist Supreme Court over time. The vote on this motion will be held when the legislature comes back in a couple of weeks.

Overall, I am not discouraged. I see many signs of hope. We have to continue to stay engaged on these important issues. In due time, I pray, we will reap the rewards.

Standing for life,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

Friends,

Your action is needed TODAY. Even if you have never contacted your elected representative before, we need you to call them. The Kansas House of Representatives failed to pass the Abortion Pill Reversal bill veto override today by ONE vote.

This law would simply ensure that women seeking a chemical abortion have access to information letting them know that it may be possible to reverse a chemical abortion once they have taken the first abortion pill but before they take the second.

Please call your Kansas House of Representatives member today and ask them to reconsider this vote tomorrow morning and to vote to override the Governor’s veto.

You can find your representative’s number in our action center – simply enter your zip code and/or address and click on the Kansas Tab to find the contact information you need.

The Senate’s first course of action today was to override the veto. Now, we need the House to vote again tomorrow to override the governor’s veto so that women have access to information that they can reverse their chemical abortion.

In the fight for life,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

Friends,

Late today, Democrat Governor Laura Kelly vetoed the abortion pill reversal information bill that would ensure that women are given important information before an abortion.

The bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the legislature, but Kelly, an abortion advocate, does not favor full disclosure of vital women’s health information.

The legislation would actually help women who are considering abortion understand all the facts related to their abortion—including that a chemical abortion may be reversible within a certain period of time if a woman changes her mind. With any medical procedure, doctors are required to give patients all sorts of information to ensure that they know the harms and alternatives of the procedure.

Yet, when it comes to abortion, Governor Kelly and activists like Planned Parenthood prefer to keep women in the dark regarding what is about to happen to them or any available alternatives. They will do all that they can to ensure that women aren’t given access to the important information they need in order to make a fully informed decision.

It looks like Governor Kelly believes that a woman should be free to choose an abortion, but not free to change her mind!

We need your help! Please contact your legislators in the Kansas House and Senate and urge them to override Governor Kelly’s veto of this life-saving legislation.

Send your message today! We have made it easy to contact them in our Action Center.

For life,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

Changing Public Sentiment and the Fate of Roe v Wade Precipitate a Wave of Pro-life Success Across the Nation

As many state legislatures are beginning to wind down for the year, it is apparent that the pro-life movement is winning on many fronts. The proverbial starting gun went off when we witnessed the complete evisceration of all protections for preborn babies and their mothers by the New York legislature on January 22nd and the celebratory environment that ensued. Then, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia advocated for a legislative proposal which would have expanded abortion access without virtually any limits, including allowing infanticide.

Those two events ignited pro-life forces and activists across the nation were fired up! With pro-life legislators going to work in multiple states, we have seen the success of pro-life legislation unlike any year previously.

Fueling all this activity is also an anticipated change at the Supreme Court once President Trump has the opportunity to appoint an additional Justice. While no one knows what will happen, many believe that Roe v. Wade will eventually be challenged in court. Presumably, a Court more ideologically conservative than the one in 1973 could render a verdict returning the regulation of abortion to the states, as it was prior to 1973.

That anticipated change would have no meaning but for the nearly 50 years of pro-life activism that is largely responsible for an immense sea-change in the minds of Americans on the issue of abortion. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control, abortion in the US hit a record low in 2015 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Regrettably, the record low number is still 638,169 lives ended. It is hard to celebrate such an “accomplishment” knowing what each of those numbers means. Yet the movement has pressed on – looking to the progress of the advancing pro-life shift in our culture and what that means for each one not aborted.

We have witnessed major accomplishments this year on the pro-life front in multiple states. Among those accomplishments are some miraculous events that stopped bad bills from becoming law and in other states, pro-life majorities finally delivering pro-life legislation to pro-life governors for approval.

Here is a laundry list of what has been going on in 2019:

New Mexico has a very liberal government – the House, Senate and Governor’s office are all under Democratic control. An abortion bill even more radical than New York’s was proposed that would have removed the state’s only abortion restrictions. Many assumed it was a safe bet for easy passage. Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico®, along with pro-life activists, pastors, churches and other statewide organizations went to work. They visited with lawmakers, emailed, called, prayed and rallied (one of the biggest pro-life rallies in New Mexico history occurred in the Capitol earlier this year). They would not stop. Ultimately, they were successful in putting together a bipartisan coalition of New Mexico Senators that defeated the abortion bill!

Vince Torres, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico wrote: “After the final vote was announced, we found ourselves silenced in disbelief at what had just transpired—the people of New Mexico had gone up against the abortion industry giant, and the people had won!”

Georgia – Our ally, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia®, was an integral part of a coalition that successfully passed what is being called the most pro-life legislation in the nation in the form of a heartbeat bill, which prohibits abortions after the point by which a preborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected. Executive Director Cole Muzio described Georgia’s heartbeat legislation as the bill that the “pro-life community has been waiting for” and that the strength of the bill would “echo far beyond the borders of our state.” The Georgia heartbeat bill is currently on the Governor’s desk, and he has pledged to sign it. Georgia has become ground zero for abortion activists this year. They know this is a tough bill and they are working overtime to intimidate and threaten the state to prevent its enactment.

Kentucky – The state of Kentucky experienced major pro-life wins for the last three years. After laboring for so long under divided control of the state government, pro-life governor Matt Bevin was elected in 2015, and pro-life majorities in the House and Senate followed along soon after. Since that time, pro-life legislation has passed every year.

Our Kentucky allies, the The Family Foundation, was integral in the enactment of a number of pro-life bills including a heartbeat bill; a bill that bans abortions based solely on a fetal abnormality, sex, or race; and a reporting law requiring that medications given by a physician with the intent of causing an abortion must be reported as an abortion and included in the statistical reporting.

Virginia – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s comments about the radical abortion bill proposed there can at least be partially credited with igniting the pro-life fire this year. That legislation would have allowed infanticide in cases of failed abortions. Our Family Foundation of Virginia allies went to work and ultimately defeated not only the abortion bill but also a very dangerous Equal Rights Amendment bill that would have opened the floodgates on a multitude of abortion and gender issues.

Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia, noted voter involvement for their success: “Despite the introduction of a horrific, New York style birthday abortion bill and the appalling comments made by Governor Northam supporting post-birth infanticide, the cause of life did move forward this year. Nearly 7,000 people gathered at the Virginia March for Life to express their outrage and the legislature responded by removing all funding in our state budget for abortions on low-income women who have an unborn child with a disability diagnosis.”

North Dakota – The work of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® was the major driver behind the enactment of two important laws there this year. The first ensures that women seeking a chemical abortion know that the abortion may be reversible if they change their mind after taking the first abortion pill. A second North Dakota law now bans dismemberment abortions, a brutal practice that involves tearing a preborn baby apart. Mark Jorritsma, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® noted that elections have consequences, and North Dakotans are reaping the benefits of electing not only a solidly pro-life delegation at the federal level but also a solidly pro-life state legislature.

Kansas – Kansas was the first state in the nation to pass a resolution condemning the New York abortion law enacted earlier this year. Family Policy Alliance of Kansas’® Director of Advocacy, Brittany Jones stated, “Kansas is one of the most pro-life states in the country. The New York abortion law is a horrific reflection on the state and its values. The New York law does not reflect the values of Kansans. Even as several more states consider following New York’s lead, Kansas is proud to be a state that cherishes life and provides some of the strongest pro-life protections in the county.” The work continued in Kansas when an abortion pill reversal bill similar to North Dakota’s was passed by both chambers and now sits on Democrat Governor Laura Kelly’s desk.

Arkansas – Arkansas has seen a litany of pro-life bills enacted this year. So far, the following have either been signed or sent to the governor for a signature: legislation requiring abortionists to be board-certified, an 18-week abortion ban, a Safe Haven act to give alternatives to abortion, chemical abortion reversal information bill, legislation prohibiting aborting children with Down Syndrome, and lastly a bill requiring abortion complications to be reported.

Jerry Cox, President of the Family Council, noted: “The pro-life legislation Arkansas passed this session literally will save lives. The eighteen-week abortion ban will save 170 unborn children every year. If all of our pro-life legislation is enforced, we estimate that by the fall of next year, some 1,000 – 1,500 children will be alive because of anti-abortion laws we’ve helped pass since 2015. About 400 of those kids will be heading off to their first day of preschool or kindergarten. That’s something Arkansans should be proud of.”

South Dakota – The South Dakota legislature passed six pro-life bills including requirements that an ultrasound be offered to women seeking abortions, as well as reporting requirements for abortionists. They also approved two resolutions – one condemning the New York law and another calling on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. In a reliably pro-life state, the effect of the New York legislation was noted by Family Heritage Alliance Executive Director, Norman Woods, “South Dakota has traditionally been a very pro-life state. Nearly every year the Legislature makes improvements to our life statutes but this year we saw more progress made than usual, arguably sparked by the insanity we witnessed in New York and other states. Even after these 6 bills had gained traction and were heading through, the body still wasn’t done. The passage of [the resolutions condemning New York’s abortion law] left no questions in people’s minds as to where our Legislature stands on the issue of life.”

Ohio – Just last week, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law the nation’s latest heartbeat bill. On the legal front, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the Ohio law allowing them to decline funding the abortion industry. The law was enacted in 2016. In an 11 to 6 decision, the court ruled that the state was not required to pay for abortions. We hope that this ruling will clear a path for similar rulings on other cases related to the funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Our allies at Citizens for Community Values worked to pass the 2016 legislation.

Heartbeat bills continue to receive attention in a number of states – Mississippi enacted a heartbeat law earlier in the session and similar bills have passed through one chamber of the legislature in Missouri and Tennessee and have been introduced in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Even in reliably blue states where pro-life successes have not been realized, the pro-life movement is alive and very active. In Illinois for example, when a New-York style abortion rights bill was proposed, thousands of pro-life activists showed up in the capitol one day. So many that the Capitol was filled to capacity and many more were turned away at the doors!

Family Policy Alliance is pleased to work with allied organizations in 40 states – to find out if your state is one of those, go to our Allies page for the contact information you need. Reach out to them and get in involved in your state!

It is through active participation and activism that we are able to see the results of nearly 50 years of pro-life work making a difference in so many fronts – turning the tide of history and saving lives.

Standing for life,

Robert Noland
Communications Manager

1 Cor 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

 

 

Late last week, just as the legislature was concluding business before going into their April recess – the abortion pill reversal bill finally came out of the conference committee and was passed by both the House and the Senate.

The House passed the committee report, 85-35 even with several key conservative members absent. The Senate voted immediately afterwards and passed the report 26-11.

Both the House and the Senate sent a strong message to Governor Kelly that they are pro-life and that women deserve to have this important information. With more than half of the abortions being performed by the abortion pill in Kansas, it is even more vital that women know that it may be possible to reverse their abortion.

We appreciate the efforts of the chairs of the Public Health and Welfare committees in both chambers who made sure that this bill got into a conference committee report.

We are also are extremely grateful to Rep. John Eplee (R-Atchison), who was the main sponsor of the bill, and to Statesmen Academy℠ alum Rep. Emil Bergquist (R-Park City), who carried the bill on the floor in the House.

The House and the Senate have sent their message to the Governor.

Now it is your turn to ask Governor Kelly to sign the Abortion Pill Reversal Act.

During the campaign, Governor Kelly was endorsed by Planned Parenthood and has been a strong proponent of the abortion industry. But we need to let her know that we are a pro-life state and that this bill is about more than just “abortion rights.” This bill is about giving women hope – hope that there are other options besides abortion. In the end, this is a truly “pro-choice” bill – because it ensures that a woman knows of all her options before she takes the abortion pill.

Please take action!

Pressing on towards the finish line,

Brittany Jones, Esq
Director of Advocacy